Ships hit by U-boats


HMS Cuckmere (K 299)

British Frigate



Photo courtesy of Joe Radigan

NameHMS Cuckmere (K 299)
Type:Frigate (River)
Tonnage1,300 tons
Completed1943 - Canadian Vickers Ltd, Montreal, Quebec 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Homeport 
Date of attack11 Dec 1943Nationality:      British
 
FateA total loss by U-223 (Karl-Jürg Wächter)
Position36° 55'N, 3° 01'E - Grid CH 8518
Complement? men (16 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyKMS-34
RouteGibraltar - Port Said 
Cargo 
History Laid down as unnamed patrol gunboat (PG 104) of the Asheville class for the US Navy, completed in May 1943 as frigate HMS Cuckmere (K 299) for the Royal Navy. 
Notes on event

At 13.04 hours on 11 Dec 1943, HMS Cuckmere (K 299) (LtCdr A. Johnson, RNVR) was badly damaged by a Gnat from U-223 while escorting convoy KMS-34 off Bougie. She was towed to Algiers, but declared a total loss. On 6 Nov 1946, returned to the US Navy and broken up.

 
More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Cuckmere (K 299).

ship damaged.


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